Euromed: EU launches 'ENPARD' for Southern neighbours

Supports agricolture in Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan

17 April, 14:37

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, APRIL 17 - ENPARD is the new programme launched by the EU aiming to support agriculture and rural development in the southern Mediterranean, as part of its response to the Arab Spring under the renewed European Neighbourhood Policy.

According to the Enpi website (, with the launch of this programme the EU aims to meet the needs of Southern Mediterranean countries and to further a more inclusive growth, through the identification and implementation of operations that can be funded under its new SPRING programme and that answer three objectives: to improve farmers' revenue and rural employment, in particular among young people; to increase the productivity of production systems, improving at the same time the quality of products and the capacity to adapt to changes; to reinforce organizational and institutional capacities and adherence to the operational principles of good governance. To achieve these objectives, a multi-annual work programme will be set through a dialogue with national partners.

The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Studies (IAMM-CIHEAM) has been tasked with the mission of accompanying this initiative in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan. This mission will last 30 months (January 2012-June 2014) and will be divided into two phases: a preparatory phase to identify the initiatives to be reinforced and to prepare the countries' action plans by June 2012; the second phase will include the starting of a national dialogue to implement ENPARD by June 2014. (ANSAmed)

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